How dedicated is the international community in learning from past mistakes?
Past and present crisis are the major concerns of the Historical Security Council. Through today’s talks, the committee is taking responsibility to face an issue that remains one of the darkest pages of our history. The Rwanda’s Genocide between the Hutus and the Tutsis taking place in the mid 1990’s. Still to that day, this issue remains controversial in terms of responsibility, international actions and crisis management in general. This issue is therefore at the heart of this committee’s talks, mingling both real facts and adapted positions. But some interesting links can be drawn.
First, the facts remain the same, up to 70% of the Tutsis population in Rwanda has been slaughtered during this terrible genocide. And in present days the situation is still far from solved! Yet do we frequently hear about it? Do we know what’s currently going on in the region? Not really. It seems that our media conglomerates are keener on covering football events. The level of complexity of the situation and the shady involvement of western nations might be reasons for the lack of media coverage on the issue. In spite of these gaps, the Historical Security Council courageously digs into the facts, trying to remain as objective as possible.
And interestingly enough, it seems that almost 20 years after the tragic events, things haven’t changed much. As some say, different names, same positions! And faithful to the positions of their countries, our delegates are illustrating this brilliantly. Among them stand the US, France, and other European countries who prefer delaying any concrete action out of fear of further escalation of the litigations. The guilt of past traumatic events may also be a reason for their lack of action. Although History as shown that this sort of appeasement policy like that adopted throughout the 30’s by European Nations such as France or England hasn’t been efficient in preventing a world conflict, they remain mild in their position. No clear decision is being defined, no money is to be sent and it seems that no responsibility wants to be taken for what happens in such region.
Yet, the past is the past. But nothing is irrevocable nor impossible. Despite what traditional medias like to display, changes are taking place and consensus’ are being found. Even for the worse situations. Hence, it is high time that we learn from our mistakes to move on for a brighter future. This is not fear that we need for tomorrow. We need humility, courage and grand projects.